As part of the project “Ceramics and Its Dimensions” the Porzellanikon in Selb is staging the exhibition “Shaping the Future – Neue Technologien für neue Gestaltung”. It looks at the possibilities offered by digital technologies for ceramic production – such as the 3D printing of clay. The underlying project has the goal of researching promising processes while dealing with ceramic as a material. Students, lecturers, and selected artists will present the results of their own studies on subjects such as design, education, the exploitation of 3D printing techniques, and eating culture. Once it closes in Selb, the exhibition will be on tour in Ireland, Great Britain, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic until the end of 2018.
Shaping the Future – Neue Technologien für neue Gestaltung
One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
Josef Albers, born in Germany and later a US citizen (1888–1976), played a pivotal role in the art of the 20th century. Alongside the Bauhaus, he also practised and taught at Yale University and Black Mountain College (form 262, p. 94) and, during his career, created numerous paintings, drawings, and graphic prints as well as furniture and typographical works. In addition to his creative works, he also dwelled on photography, which only became known after his death. For the first time ever, the current exhibition “One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers” displays photographs that Albers created between 1928 and 1932 at the Bauhaus and which tackle topics like serial production, the human perception, and the relationship between arts and crafts and mechanical production.
Rick Owens: Furniture
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is currently showing work by furniture and fashion designer Rick Owens in its current exhibition, “Rick Owens: Furniture”. In addition to current furniture designs, the exhibits also include the designer’s sculptures and videos. At the beginning of his career, Owens drew his inspiration primarily from art history. Since 2007, however, his work has been influenced by the use of elements drawn from punk and anarchism. Using materials like marble, bronze, bones, leather, concrete, and plywood, he designs elegant, but also brutalist shapes and furniture. The exhibition also displays the designer’s experiments with foam and rock crystal and contrasts these with a selection of later works by the artist and musician Steven Parrino.
Handwerk. Tradiertes Können in der digitalen Welt
In a world where most things are mass-produced and a large part of our life is played out in the digital world, the maker movement and the doit- yourself culture (form 259, p. 74) have developed into an international phenomenon. The reality, however, is somewhat different: craftspeople still have to battle to have their work recognised for what it is and to be paid fairly. This current exhibition, “Handicraft: Traditional Skills in the Digital Age”, takes a closer look at the theme with selected works in six areas and is also dedicated to the history of handicrafts, current European trends, its resource-conserving qualities, and new developments at the interface of digital technologies.
The Brutalist Playground
Brutalism is based on the visibility of the materials used. The term was coined in the 1950s by the British architect, Alison Smithson, and first made public in an essay by the architectural critic, Reyner Banham. In Great Britain in the post-war period of the 1950s, buildings were designed with a strongly expressive design language, as were large housing estates with unorthodox playgrounds characterised by raw materials. The current exhibition “The Brutalist Playground”, using the Royal Institute of British Architects’ collection, evokes brutalist playgrounds with an exhibition installation featuring accessible sculptures for children and adults alike. The aim of the exhibition is also to strengthen people’s awareness for – now dilapidated – brutalist buildings and to sensitise them against having too superficial a perception of brutalism.
Tenue correcte exigée: Quand le vêtement fait scandale
[Dress Code: When Clothing Becomes Scandalous] Not only do every decade and every season have their fashionable trends, jobs and places also have specific rules governing clothing. But we know that rules are there to be broken. This latest exhibition “Tenue correcte exigée: Quand le vêtement fait scandale” examines the scandals in fashion that have migrated through the centuries and decades – from the 14t century to the present day. The exhibits include over 400 items of clothing, accessories, portraits, caricatures, and objects. They all represent violations of the existing dress code and a break with the moral values of the day: sack-back gowns, women wearing trousers, men wearing skirts, dinner jackets for women, miniskirts, baggy trousers, and blue jeans.
Door handles are generally considered to be architecture in miniature trying to mirror the character of the designer in their design language and use. The latest exhibition in the Grassi Museum, “Comprehensive Construction. The Importance of Door Handles in Architecture”, displays various door handles that were all designed for a specific building. Amongst the exhibits are works by Karl Friedrich Schinkel for the Schloss Charlottenhof in Potsdam, Otto Wagner for the Postsparkasse in Vienna, Peter Behrens for the Haus Wiegand in Berlin, Walter Gropius for various Bauhaus buildings in Dessau as well as Hadi Teherani for several hospitals in Cologne, and David Chipperfield for the entrance building on the Museum Island in Berlin.
De Stijl at the Stedelijk
2017 is the centenary of the founding of De Stijl, the legendary artist and architectural collective from the Netherlands. The collective included painters, architects, and designers such as Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, and Gerrit Rietveld who, in their work, endeavoured to create an all-encompassing harmony and unification of art and the everyday life. The exhibition “De Stijl at the Stedelijk”, which is currently running, displays the collective’s works and the way they dealt with colour, diagonals, purity, and architecture, as well as how their views spread. In addition to a contrast with works by other post-war artists, the museum is presenting further exhibitions throughout the year to mark the collective’s anniversary, including works by Chris Beekman who later rejected the collective.
Designing the Surface
For a long time, the surface of a product has not only been crucial for the appeal, function or identity of a product, rather it contributes considerably towards enhancing, strengthening, disguising or preserving it. The exhibition “Designing the Surface” at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam is concerned with how surfaces appeal to our senses. The organisers see often neglected surfaces as an approach to understanding how materials influence the world around us. Taking a selection of products, the exhibition endeavours to examine this topic from five different perspectives – patina, lustre, faux, teflon, and agency – and how these react to our aesthetic and sensory needs.
Sparkling. Damask and Glass from Classic to Art Deco
Bright damask tablecloths and sparkling glassware seem to simply belong together – particularly when needing to create a festive atmosphere. This exhibition currently on show, “Sparkling. Damask and Glass from Classic to Art Deco”, illuminates the interaction between these two materials and products in the Netherlands – from the classic decorations of the 19th century and the art nouveau movement around 1900 to art deco in the 1930s, from artistic designs to industrial collaborations to boisterous and geometric shapes. The exhibits include glassware by Karel de Bazel, wine glasses by Willem Jacob Rozendaal, and damask by Chris Lebeau.
Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design
In 2017, Finland is celebrating its first centenary of independence from Russia, which came about as a result of the Russian Revolution in 1917. To mark the occasion, the design museum in Helsinki has renovated and updated its exhibition spaces, and is opening them again to the public with the exhibition “Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design”. Taking five themes and using living stories, the exhibition presents the integral role played by design in the evolution of the Finnish welfare state. In addition, visitors – from schoolchildren to tourists – can find new information and materials which have not previously been on display using digital applications.
Young Package Competition
This year’s Young Package competition invites students to develop interactive packaging under the slogan of “Open and Play”. The aim is to repackage their own favourite products in a playful manner using modern technologies, and through that create a design that will inspire children to play with the packaging, too. The submissions will be evaluated on innovation, creativity, ergonomics, functionality, sustainability, originality, and presentation. Students and college students are invited to participate as are designers under the age of 30. The winners will receive prize money of a total of 2,800 euros. In addition, one of the winners will receive a three-week paid internship at Model Obaly Innovation Centre in Prague. The registration deadline is 25 March 2017.
Designpreis der IKEA Stiftung
The design prize of the foundation IKEA Stiftung is being offered for the twelfth time this year. This year’s title “Nomade in Germany” broaches the question of what it is about a home that makes it a home. Students of product, industrial, and interior design are invited to submit projects concerning the question of home and the shift in meaning of the term by 31 March 2017: Is home something innate and how do you find a home? It is not only modern nomadism that plays a central role, but also issues like mobility or migration. Prizes include three fully financed semesters abroad and ten workshops at the Ingvar Kamprad Designcentrum in Lund, Sweden. Next to this, will the winning projects be exhibited in the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin.
Within the framework of the Frankfurter Positionen, which see themselves as “forum of experience and knowledge” and tackle current social developments on a two-year cycle, Ed Atkins is showing a selection of his latest video work at the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main. This British-born artist (1982) confronts the viewer in his two videos, “Hisser” and “Safe Conduct” with a type of alter ego character, which experiences various existential conditions such as loneliness, alienation, and death.
Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies
Jo Brocklehurst, the Anglo-Sri-Lankan artist, contravened all conventions, as back in the 1970s her work did not focus on beauty and elegance but on London’s subculture and fetishism. An exhibition dedicated to her in the House of Illustration in London runs until the middle of May 2017.
After many (laborious) years of building works, the Hamburg concert hall – the Elbphilharmonie – was opened in November 2016. An exhibition to celebrate the opening, focusing on the relationship between architecture and fine arts, will be held in the Hall for Contemporary Art.
The Bielefeld art association Bielefelder Kunstverein has been the venue for its exhibition series on architecture “Baukunst” for more than ten years. The curators host innovative architectural projects every two years. This year features the work of the architectural studio ZAO/Standardarchitecture. Founded by Zhang Ke in 2001, it is one of the most influential representatives of the Chinese architectural scene.
The “Braakland” exhibition is transforming the first floor of the Foto Museum in Antwerp into an experimental working area for photography until 4 June 2017. The intention is to put the spotlight on the diversity of the medium and to initiate a dialogue between art and the public. The different works by talented photographers from around the world are presented in three different exhibition areas which summarise the short and long-term projects in different ways.
EcoChic Design Award 2017
In the past ten years, textile consumption in China has increased by over a half – this means that 150 billion new items of clothing are produced every year. This enormous increase has resulted in 26 million tons of waste from the textile industry in 2013, as explained in an interview by Christina Dean, co-founder of Redress. Since 2007, the NGO has been involved in sustainably produced fashion, and is an organiser of the EcoChic Design Award, a competition for sustainable fashion design that invites young talents to design everyday clothing with the minimum use of fabric in order to reduce textile waste.
Taking the slogan “Architecture can do more”, the New York-based online platform Blank Space, has given itself the task of testing the limits of architecture. The Driverless Future project came into being in cooperation with the city of New York and the New Lab. It encourages designers to seek out possible solution for a future with driverless vehicles, ranging from parking options to the use of motorways and to developing computer programmes. What might the infrastructure of New York City look like? How can we improve logistics and transport using autonomous vehicles? There are no limits set on participants’ ideas.
Textile Matters. Textil gedacht
As part of Munich Creative Business Week, the “Textile Matters. Textil gedacht” exhibition held in the city’s Maximilians Forum until 30 April 2017 is dedicated to all aspects of textiles; material, texture, technology, medium and metaphor in equal measure.
Futura. Die Schrift
In Futura. Die Schrift the Gutenberg-Museum in Mainz is dedicating an exhibition to the font and its success. As part of a special exhibition, historically important originals are presented that document the international success story of the German font. Beginning with the history and design of this international triumph to the publication of the entire type family, various important exhibits are on show including some never previously seen loans, such as design drawings, font samples, font faces, printed documents and publications. The show is rounded off by the symposium “Futura – Tribute to a Typeface“ at the University of Applied Sciences, Mainz.
From Silent Movies to Blaxploitation
The exhibition, Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema at MoMA explores stereotypes throughout the history of film. The museum is displaying film stills from its own collection ranging from silent movies to blaxploitation films, Hollywood blockbusters to B-movies. The images which were formerly used for advertising purposes display the actor’s role using visual elements like make-up, clothing and gestures and thereby make statements.
Casa de Vidro
Two architects who never met each other during their lifetimes are due to meet at an exhibition at the National Museum in Oslo, where a building by Lina Bo Bardi is exhibited in a glass pavilion designed by Sverre Fehn. Lina Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil and designed the “Casa de Vidro” [Glass House] in São Paulo (1950 –1952). Many commissions for private buildings, as well as museums and churches, all of which helped shape the cityscape of São Paulo, were to follow. Her work is exhibited in Sverre Fehn’s “Glass Pavilion” (2008). The exhibition is complemented by screen prints by German artist Veronika Kellndorfer.
The Best German Book Design 2017
The German Foundation for Book Design – Stiftung Buchkunst – is once again holding a competition for the "Best German Book Design 2017" and "Best Young Book Design". In an age of digitalisation, the foundation aims to highlight the importance of books and is awarding prizes for creative solutions and good design concepts. You can submit any kind of book until 31 March 2017.
Under the heading “Perform!” the festival for video and time-based art forms takes a look at the beginnings of video technology as a documentation tool and as a technical medium of artistic performance. Further, reference is also made to the present, where the viewer becomes performer. The 43 video presentations by international artists are the result of a worldwide competition.
Crystallized Group Show
As a creative consultancy, Pro Materia curates the print and on-line magazine TL Magazine – True Living of Art and Design and organises various exhibitions, such as the fourth edition of the Crystallized Group Show. The exhibition can be viewed until 15 April 2016 at the Galerie Spazio Nobile which Pro Materia brought into being and which mainly shows applied art, design and photography.
Bureau Mario Lombardo. The Archive Show
At the turn of the millennium, Mario Lombardo who was the art director of Spex Magazins für Popkultur at the time, made his breakthrough. Shortly thereafter, he founded his own studio, Bureau Mario Lombardo in Cologne and which he moved to Berlin in 2008. The studio premises in the Kreuzberg area of the city are open to visitors until 23 March offering a view of the successes and processes involved in his creativity to date.
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design
Pierre Chareau, who born in Bordeaux in 1883 and died in New York in 1950. He brought traditional French arts and crafts together with modern innovative industrial materials. An exhibition in the Jewish Museum in New York is dedicated to this French designer and architect’s creative phase between the two world wars. The focus lies on his interactions with influential patrons, well-known artists, and representatives of the film industry. In addition, the consequences of his persecution by the Nazis, the dispersal of his works during and after the Second World War and the rebuilding of his career in exile in New York in the 1940s play an important role in telling his story.
Backen, Bügeln, Putzen, Kochen. Das bisschen Haushalt!
“That bit of housekeeping will do itself, my husband says. That bit of housekeeping cannot be so bad, my husband says,” so sang the actress Johanna von Koczian in her German hit 40 years ago. The development and history of household aids and tools of that period are now being examined in the “Baking, Ironing, Cleaning, Cooking. That Bit of Household!” exhibition at the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig. The exhibits include washboards, pudding bowls, rolling pins, food processors, steam irons, pan stands, pressure cookers, and tabletop grills from four different centuries. They all come from the museum’s collection, which is made up of around 90,000 exhibits of European and non-European crafts dating from antiquity to the present day.
Werner Aisslinger. House of Wonders
For the past year, the Neue Sammlung in Munich has had a new exhibition format. Every year, the organisers invite well-known designers to stage the two-storey Paternoster hall that can be viewed from one of the galleries in the Pinakothek der Moderne in a site-specific manner. Following the “Konstantin Grcic: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” exhibition, which launched the series, Werner Aisslinger will now continue it with a new characteristic project. The Berlin-based designer usually deals with themes of sustainability, upcycling, material innovation, and indoor farming in his works. In this ten-month presentation in Munich, he will be tackling domestic visions on the theme of big data.
Stapeln. Ein Prinzip der Moderne
Stacking things systematically has played a role in many areas of our everyday life for a long time, yet little is known about this phenomenon of modernity. An exhibition at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung in Bremen is now examining the beginnings of stackable systems of order in the context of industrial mass production. In addition to Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s Kubus crockery of the 1930s, which was manufactured until 1968 and considered to be a model of stackable industrial design on account of its form and function, the exhibition also showcases early examples by Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Frank, Heinrich Löffelhardt, Nick Roericht, Helene von Boch, and Walter Zeischegg.
In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019
Dietmar Steiner is a publicist, architectural historian and critic. On the occasion of his farewell, the museum is showcasing his impressions on sixty years of international architectural history. Under the challenging title In the End: Architecture, the exhibition looks at Steiner's socialisation as well as at current architecture in a dialogue which aims to portray generational conflict while at the same time opening up a dialogue between generations.
Drawing Rooms 2. Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art
In the second part of its exhibition series “Drawing Rooms 2”, the Hamburger Kunsthalle documents the shift of drawing into the third dimension. It describes the phenomenon of the transition of the line from the surface into space as a “breakthrough into space”. The intention of the exhibition is to confront the medium of drawing intensively that is “as relevant as never before”. Works by a total of 30 artists are on display in the exhibition and provide a varied insight into the subject.
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World
As part of the programme to mark the reopening of the Design Museum in London, one of the current exhibitions takes the complexity of the world as its theme. Eleven installations clarify the breadth of the theme and each tackle a relevant topic concerning the present, such as sentient robots and sustainable fashion. Whilst in her “Mimus” installation designer Madeline Gannon works through the relationship between man and machines, the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan looks at wearable technology in “Room Tone”. In the installation “Intimate Strangers” the architect Andrés Jaque considers the culture of networking, and in “Fibre Market” the product designer Christien Meindertsma provides a look at the potential of recycling textiles.
How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior
The theme of a current exhibition at the MoMA is living and exhibition spaces as well as retail spaces that have contributed towards the understanding of modern interior design. Here, 200 objects from 1920 to 1950 document the influences through choice of materials, processes, and the collaboration with designers. In addition to individual design elements and their organisation within spaces, the aesthetic, social, technological, and political attitudes of the designers also play a role. The exhibition also provides glimpses into the interior of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s Frankfurt kitchen and the Café Samt und Seide designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich.
Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language
In the course of a new permanent exhibition a new special exhibition will be highlighting design and architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. The emphasis is laid on three design episodes: the form of the modern chair, the style of the Milan group Memphis, and the architectural group Coop Himmelb(l)au as well as the visual diversity in graphic design. The exhibition brings together seating options by Charles and Ray Eames, Rudolph Schindler, and Charlotte Perriand with postmodern design of the 1970s and 1980s, and graphic commissioned works. The installations of the individual design episodes have been undertaken by the graphic designer Amir Berbić.
Green Product Award 2017
Since 2014, the Green Product Award has been honouring cross-disciplinary products and concepts that offer innovative and sustainable solutions. Submissions can be made in the following categories: architecture, office, consumer electronics, research, freestyle, kids, communication, consumer goods, mobility, furniture, university, and home accessories. The projects will be assessed by specialists according to the parameters of design, innovation, and sustainability, and against the overall criteria of approach, development, and effect. The finalists, the Green Selection, will be announced on 14 April 2017 and the winners of the jury prize will be announced on 1 June 2017. Online voting for the public voting will be open from 10 June 2017.
Food by Design:Sustaining the Future
The process of feeding humanity is a laborious process that happens every day but is something we are hardly aware of. An enormous infrastructure, advanced technologies and a well-thought-through system are all necessary to produce our daily bread. In its exhibition “Food by Design: Sustaining the Future”, the Museum of Design in Atlanta is looking at the systematic problems and design solutions for urban agriculture, access to and wastefulness of food.
Korea: Design + Plakat
The Design Museum – Die Neue Sammlung – in Munich presents “Korea: Design + Poster” with about 100 works by 25 graphic artists and studios from Korea, from the 1980s to today. This is the first time an exhibition devoted specifically to this area is being shown in Europe.
Alongside selected objects of design and craftsmanship in the exhibition, the spectrum of exhibits ranges from placards for art and design exhibitions to posters advertising books, magazines and record markets. The exhibition also includes posters about humanitarian concerns and political protest, such as those by Bohuy Kim and the studio Ordinary People or Na Kim, whose work we also showcase in the current issue of form 270 – “South Korea”.
Mut zur Wut
“Mut zur Wut” [Brave the Rage] is the theme of the eponymous poster competition in its eighth year, calling on international participants to portray critical, social, political or personal content using powerful and compelling motifs to express their anger. Submissions can be uploaded digitally on the website until 30 April 2017. The number of submissions is limited to a maximum of three posters per participant. The 30 best entries will be shown on busy streets and squares in a series of displays over a period of time. The jury will make the final selection of posters in Heidelberg on 13 and 14 May 2017.
Why is a stop sign octagonal? Why does a sheet of A4 measure 210 by 297 millimetre? Why does a beer glass have an ugly bulge? The London-based designer and curator Oscar Lhermitte takes on these and other questions in his exhibition “No Randomness” and demonstrates how the design decisions behind everyday objects are anything but random.
The Felleshus is the cultural and event centre of the five Nordic Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in Berlin. The exhibition “Structure. Zeitgenössisches Handwerk und Design aus Norwegen” runs until 20 April 2017 and showcases works, designs and prototypes from the fields of furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles and furnishing accessories.
The German-Jewish fashion photographer, Erwin Blumenfeld (1897–1969) became world famous through his work for prestigious magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. His portraits in which he portrayed women in strong colours, light and shade, gave his photographs an unmistakable artistic style. Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design, in the heart of Paris, is currently staging a unique exhibition in honour of this photographer. Magazine covers and colour photographs from the 1940s and 50s, including 30 as yet unpublished works will be on show.
Bauhaus in Bewegung
As part of the Bauhaus-Archiv’s relocation, the exhibition “Bauhaus in Motion” will be displaying highlights from the museum’s collection in the old building for the last time. The title indicates the common theme running throughout the exhibition; on show are movement studies from the foundation course as well as architecture, furniture, ceramics, metal, paintings, and graphics from the workshops and photographs from the various Bauhaus personalities. The Bauhaus seems always to have been in motion on account of its relocations from Weimar to Dessau and to Berlin and also given that its protagonists went into exile. Represented in the exhibition are Bauhaus teachers such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy, but the work of many students is on display, too.
Arno Votteler The Designer and his Master Students
“Aus der Praxis für die Praxis” [From Practice to Practice] is the guiding principle under which the Baden-Württemberg Design Centre (formerly known as the Stuttgart Design Centre) is showcasing and promoting the relationship between the design and industry. From 1 March 2017, the design centre will become a new cooperation partner for the Freudenstadt creative industry network, the Netzwerk Kreativwirtschaft Freudenstadt and will be presenting the exhibition “Arno Votteler – Der Designer und seine Meisterschüler“ [Arno Votteler – The Designer and his Master Students] in the premises of the Kurhaus Freudenstadt.
It’s not the Economy... Unternehmertum durch Kultur neu denken
Researching, expanding and questioning the relationship between finance and design is the focus of the event “It’s not the Economy... Unternehmertum durch Kultur neu denken” [It’s not the Economy... Rethinking entrepreneurialism through culture]. The idea of organising a symposium with a film screening on this subject evolved from a collaboration between the Vitra Design Museum und the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). The two-day event begins on 2 March 2017 at 6 pm with the film screening. Entry is free of charge and preregistration is not required. Registration by 20 February is required for the symposium on 3 March. The fee is 35 euros.
The Toca Me design conference is taking place once again as part of the Munich Creative Business Week 2017. It brings together graphic designers, illustrators, type designers, and creatives from related disciplines at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. This one-day conference featuring a series of presentations in English invites participants to “Dream Big”. Confirmed speakers include the media artist Joshua Davis, the film-maker Keiichi Matsuda, the creative coder Mario Klingemann, the type designer Seb Lester, the designer and artist Dominic Wilcox, and the designer Robert Hranitzky. The conference will be organised by the design studio of the same name: Toca Me. Standard tickets are available until January at the cost of 109 euros. After this, they will cost 129 euros.
The aim of the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) is to raise awareness of the importance of design in social, cultural, and financial areas. Taking the slogan “Design Connects – The Smart Revolution”, there will be various events, conferences, workshops, and company tours taking place throughout the city. Design acts as a connecting element – between cloud and crowd, man and machine (form 266), user interface and database. The MCBW Forum serves as a central platform for product launches, presentations, talks, and lectures. Amongst the highlights is the exhibition “The Smart Revolution” with 20 projects and products curated by Bayern Design. This year’s partner country is South Korea.
Insights Design Lecture Series
This year, the programme of events at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis also includes the Insights Design Lecture Series at which various designers from the area of graphics will be speaking. One particular feature of the museum’s programme is that all lectures are transmitted in a live webcast. Speakers will include the designer and author Rob Giampietro, the illustrator Andy Rementer, and Clara Balaguer and Kristian Henson from the Office of Culture and Design as well as Richard Turley. The lectures will take place once a week from 7 to 28 March 2017.
Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne
This year, the Biennale Internationale Design in Saint-Étienne is focusing on the theme of “Shifting Work Paradigms” and examines question of collaboration, sharing projects, and the desire to make one’s own work more pleasant and by using new technologies also easier (form 268). This year’s guest of honour is the city of Detroit, which, as a result of industrialisation, became known in the 19th century as “motor city” and whose story, starting with the economic structural change in the automobile industry in the 1960s, ended in 2013 in bankruptcy. Today, the city, using its entrepreneurial spirit and creativity, is seeking sustainable ways of living and thinking together and, within the framework of the Biennale, wishes to share its experiences with shifting work paradigms.
The editorial design conference, previously known as QVED, is a meeting place for magazine experts and all those who wish to learn more about the development process of print and online media. Under its new name of Editorial Changes, designers, journalists, and publishers from around the world will be talking about their latest projects and giving interesting insights into their successful and less successful endeavours using examples from their own practice. This year, speakers will include amongst others the editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, Penny Martin, the publisher, author, and director Stefan Aust, and the futurologist Bernd Flessner. Standard tickets for the three-day conference cost 350 euros, and for students 130 euros.
The Van Eyck Academy invites visitors to its annual open studio days taking place from 9 to 11 March. The participating artists, designers, architects, and curators in residence will be presenting the results of their past year’s work during this time.
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), which takes place annually is one of Asia’s largest fairs. It consists of three exhibition areas on the themes of smart living, convivial design, and design forward. The IFFS takes place together with the 34th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) furniture show and Nook Asia at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre. In addition to the “Design Stars Showcases” with product launches by international designers, the fair offers the Outdoor Boulevard with garden furniture and accessories and a curated exhibition by the industrial designer, Nathan Yong.
International Furniture Fair Singapore
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), together with the Asean Furniture Show (AFS) and Nook Asia, is announcing the upcoming trade fair with “Trade, Design and Inspiration”. At the same time, the fair is aiming to promote an international and inclusive image. In addition to the trade fair exhibitions, visitors can also attend readings and symposia, as well as visiting installations and pop-up stores. From 9 to 12 March 2017 the event takes a daring and diverse look at product design in Singapore and elsewhere.
Friedrich Kiesler: Architekt, Künstler, Visionär
Friedrich Kiesler (1890–1965) was an architect, artist, designer, set designer, and theoretician. His work was characterised by his perception of a cross-disciplinary approach to art: his concept of endlessly flowing space that he himself described as his “basic creative idea” (as everyone has, in his opinion), and his holistic design theory of correalism are part of the grand visions of the 20th century, which are still very relevant. Using key projects, the many faceted aspects of this universal artist will be on display in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in the exhibition entitled “Friedrich Kiesler: Architect, Artist, Visionary”. In addition, his (private) environment will also be sketched out by looking at his friendships and collaborative work with other artists.
Design Days Dubai
Since 2013 the Dubai Design District (d3) has become a regional, creative centre for designers and artists. In March 2017, it will also be the new venue for the sixth Design Days Dubai – an annual fair for contemporary design and collectibles. It also serves as a platform for up and coming designers and galleries as well as promoting regional and local design talents and studios.
Various revolutionary uprisings in Russia in the early 20th century can be subsumed under the title of the Russian Revolution, including the revolution of 1917. To mark the centenary of this revolution, the exhibition “Imagine Moscow. Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution” shows Moscow as imagined by a bold and new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s. In addition, the exhibition also displays rarely seen material, using large-scale architectural drawings and artworks, propaganda material, and publications from the period that presents an idealistic vision that was never realised. The eight projects exhibited focus on the areas of collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living, and recreation.
You May Also Like: Robert Stadler
The designer Robert Stadler is known for his works that examine our image-controlled world characterised by fleeting fashion fads. Th e boundaries of free and commercial, industrial and public work become blurred in his works, just as they do between art and design. In this respect, this Paris-based designer questions the status of an object – whether as an artwork or a product. Therefore, the exhibition “You May Also Like: Robert Stadler” too is not a traditional monographic one but puts together a network of meanings, functions, and forms in a dialogue with historical and contemporary objects of the Dresden State Art Collections and examines the subject areas of natural and artificial, instability and fetishisation, and informed objects.
China International Furniture Fair
The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has been one of the most important furniture fairs in the country since 1998 and takes place twice a year alternating between Guangzhou and Shanghai. The aim is to facilitate an active exchange on topics such as trade, interior design, and sales channels as well as new developments and trends. In 2017, approximately 5,000 exhibitors and more than 250,000 professional buyers from 200 regions and countries are expected to attend. The CIFF is subdivided into two areas: from 18 to 21 March 2017, visitors can find out about domestic furniture, home textiles, garden furniture, and leisure products; from 28 to 31 March 2017, furniture for offices, hotels, and public spaces, as well as production machines and raw materials will be exhibited in the fair halls.
The Brussels Design Market
Europe’s largest market for vintage design returns to the halls of Tour and Taxis. With over 100 international exhibitors, Brussels Design Market is one of the most important events for vintage design from the 20th century. Aside from furniture from all over the world you will find ceramics and glass objects, collectables and furnishing accessories made of metal, wood or Bakelite.
Music, art and technology are the buzz words announcing London’s Convergence Festival this year. Technology is always a relevant factor for the conceiving and communicating art and music, the event organisers explain. It is the fundamental framework for artists’ and musicians’ ideas in today’s world. Live evening concerts featuring regional bands, DJs and solo artists are at the heart of the event. In addition, the festival also serves as an event platform for the “sessions” that facilitate an active exchange between industry managers and trailblazers in the art and music sectors.
Mehr als schön
The touring exhibition “More Than Beautiful” opens on 20 March 2017, kicking off with an environmental communication project called “Ecodesign as a contribution to environmentally compatible and material-efficient product design”. The first stop of the exhibition is the Museum Information Kunst (MIK) in Ludwigsburg. In the course of the last year, the works showcased in the exhibition have made it into the final selection for the Federal German Prize for Ecodesign. They exemplify outstanding ideas and solutions for sustainable design and demonstrate how the early implementation of design expertise in product development can lead to well thought-out and environmentally compatible products and concepts.
Leipzig Book Fair
With a long tradition, the Leipzig Book Fair is the second largest book fair in Germany. More than 2,200 national and international exhibitors can be found this year at the Leipzig fair, the Leipziger Messe. In addition to numerous readings, specialist lectures, panel discussions and training events, the programme also includes prize givings, such as the Leipzig Book Prize on European Understanding 2017, the Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding 2017.
This year is the ninth time that Design March will present innovations of the Icelandic design scene. In addition to a constantly increasing number of international collaborations, the contributions and exhibitions range from graphics and fashion to furniture and architecture to products that will be presented in more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and events throughout the entire city. During the Design March, also the Design Talks will take place: a daylong conference at which numerous international speakers will give lectures on the influence of design. This year’s speakers include among others the London-based designer, Alexander Taylor, and the creative studio, Marshmallow Laser Feast.
Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. und Philip Johnson
The exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. und Philip Johnson. Bauhauspioniere in Amerika” examines the role of Alfred H. Barr Junior and Philip Johnson as proponents of the Bauhaus in America based on their friendship and collaboration. The views of the Bauhaus seem to have served Barr Junior as a basis for the conception and founding of the MoMa in New York. From the beginning, architecture and design were put on the same level as fine art here, as demonstrated by the exhibitions “Modern Architecture” (1932) or “Machine Art” (1934). Barr Junior developed these ideas in close collaboration with his friend, Philip Johnson, who was involved as the director of the department of architecture.
Texfusion is one of the first fairs in Great Britain to focus exclusively on fashion textiles and accessories, household textiles, functional fabrics, and clothing manufacturers. The fifth edition of the fair expects to see over 100 international exhibitors presenting their latest collections in London. This year will be the second time that the event will take place in the Business Design Centre in London, and with its simple format, it again promises a relaxed atmosphere for an inspiring exchange of ideas. The fair is spread across various halls, which specialise in topics such as fashion fabrics and accessories, technical, home textiles, and garments. Entry to the fair is free of charge.
The Forecast Forum is offering an insight into artistic production processes in different genres including architecture, curating, dance, design, music and video art. As an international platform for groundbreaking ideas, Forecast extended the invitation to submit project ideas in the respective disciplines. From more than 450 international applications, the mentors have now selected thirty entrants which they will support in developing their concepts. These concepts will be discussed as part of the Forecast Forum on 31 March from 6 p.m. and on 1 April from 4 p.m. and presented to the public.
Salone del Mobile
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan is one of the most important events in Europe in the area of furnishings and design and is divided into the three areas of classic, design, and xlux. This year again the Euroluce, the lighting exhibition that takes place every two years and the think tank Workplace 3.0 will be hosted on the fairground. Running in parallel with the fair, there will also be the Ventura Lambrate in Milan’s city centre from 4 to 9 April 2017. This will be the eighth edition of the event showing the latest developments in contemporary design, from new trends and talents to established and up-and-coming designers and innovative design companies to presentations of new processes and production methods and conceptual niche projects.
This year will be the 17th time that the Offf festival takes place with its conferences, workshops, performances, exhibitions, installations, and sales spaces. Designers, motion designers, sound and graphic designers, theoreticians, developers, professionals, and students both from the analogue and digital world will be amongst the speakers. Presentations this year will be given by the designer Adam J. Kurtz, the graphic designer Alvaro Dominguez, the set and graphic designer Annie Atkins, and the graphic artist Anthony Burrill, amongst others. Karin Fong, who has already developed title sequences for several films and television series, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “Terminator: Salvation” will be this year’s guest of honour. The three-day ticket costs 163.35 euros as standard. Participation in the various workshops is not included in the price.
This year’s Typo Labs conference takes place in Berlin for the second time with talks, panel discussions, presentations, and many opportunities to network. The conference brings together engineers, font designers, developers, and academics to contribute to further developing font design and to promote the integrating new developments for future digital communications. Amongst the speakers will be the type designer Frank E. Blokland, Mike Duggan, one of the leading typographers at Microsoft, Behdad Esfahbod, head of the font and text rendering team at Google, the president of Fontlab, Thomas Phinney, and the director of font technologies at Monotype, Bob Taylor. Standard tickets cost 415.31 euros and 178 euros for students.
The Forward Festival celebrating creativity, design, and communication is an event spread over several days with conferences, workshops, exhibitions, networking spaces, live art sessions, and music. The festival will take place at the MAK in Vienna on 21 and 22 April 2017. In addition, this year, the festival will be held on 15 and 16 June 2017 in Munich and, for the first time, on 17 and 18 June 2017 in Zurich. Speakers will include amongst others representatives from the Eike König design studio, the illustrator Mr. Bingo, the graphic designer Sarah Illenberger, the designer Daniel Freitag, the design and animation studio Pfadfinderei as well as the art director and founder of Studio Es, Verena Panholzer. Standard tickets cost 200 euros, student tickets 110 euros.
Collective Design Fair
The Collective Design Fair is taking place for the fifth time in 2017, bringing together creative people from around the world for an inspiring, cultural exchange on the topic of “collectors’ items”. The organisers want to draw people’s attention to creative processes and also to support a provocative discourse on the subject. The fair sees itself as a commercial and academic platform with the aim of providing visitors with information about collecting art and design objects. Moreover, a varied framework programme offers insights into design and its importance for the various disciplines by organising exhibitions, guided tours and the so-called Collective Conversations with artists, gallerists, lecturers, and other cultural key figures.
The Architect’s Studio: Wang Shu
Pictoplasma Conference & Festival
The Festival for Contemporary Character Design and Art is holding a conference, film screenings, artist talks, lectures, presentations and exhibitions from 11 to 14 May 2017. While international artists and producers meet at the conference to discuss future strategies for figurative representation, the festival will focus on the latest trends in character design and art. Among others, speakers include Georgina Melone and James Yuen, designers for the toy manufacturer Hasbro, the Berlin-based artist and illustrator DXTR and the animation designer Jack Sachs.